Cafes in Santa Cruz

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920 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Since 1994, Coffeetopia’s rich aromas have welcomed espresso seekers, cappuccino connoisseurs, and Internet impresarios alike, grinding fresh Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company coffee ($2.45/16 oz.) to perk up patrons. In addition to its certified-organic coffees, Coffeetopia whips up italian-style espressos and steeps Silk Road loose-leaf teas. Liquid enjoyment is only half of Coffeetopia’s edible equation, as the shop compiles a menu of belly-pleasing bites, including New York–style boiled bagels that are paired with house-made cream-cheese spreads such as spicy jalapeno ($2.75 on a toasted bagel). The shop’s homemade hummus ($3.25 on a bagel) makes a garlic-packed treat, ideal for smearing on bready surfaces or as a precautionary measure for appearing on Dracula’s new late-night talk show.

3701 Portola Dr
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Cafetal's menu is fully stocked with plates of breakfast and lunch fare, spun like vinyl with distinct Latin flare. Taste buds are tickled awake with the veggie breakfast burrito, an amalgam of eggs, cheese, hash browns, bell peppers, spinach, and onion rolled into a food tube with creamy avocado and spicy salsa ($5.25). Lunchers can soak up rays on the outdoor patio while enjoying a Mexican torta, a toasted Mexican sweet roll housing ham, queso fresco, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and avocado ($5.50). The café's food is coupled with an array of potables, including the Mexicano, a steamy blend of espresso and Mexican hot chocolate ($3.50+), also available iced ($3.75+), blended ($4.25+), or in a doubled-strawed beer helmet. Typists can practice one-handed surfing on the eatery's free Wi-Fi, occupying their leftover digits with a scoop of Marianne’s ice cream ($2.25).

2525 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Named Best Teahouse in 2009 and 2010 by both the Santa Cruz Weekly and Good Times, Asana is a leafy retreat carrying more than 85 teas from around the world available for purchase either in bulk form or in SpecialTea drinks made in-house. Tea varieties span the color wheel, with a selection of white, green, oolong, black, tisanes, Puerh, and blooming teas, many of which sell for $4–$6 per oz. Asana's café also pours and purees specialty tea lattes, tea smoothies, and coffee drinks that dance upon your tongue and stream down your throat before warming you up from crust to core. Liquid libations include the Thai iced tea made with imported ice cubes from Thailand ($3.50) and the Vanilla Starry Night Latte, which includes rooibos tisane with whispers of vanilla and citrus ($3.50). The Lavender Love smoothie is a velvety valentine of lavender tisane, ice cream, banana, and vanilla extract that will make you reconsider culinary uses for other potpourri staples ($6.50).

103 Lincoln St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Since 1985, the proprietors of Java Bob's Coffee Roasting have sourced their beans from that venerable species of coffee tree: the Coffea arabica. Each bundle of Arabica beans is roasted in small batches on fluid bed roasters, which heat beans without burning their skin and tampering with their flavor. The process yields a variety of global blends, ranging from the certified organic Redwood Rush to the Jazzland Espresso Dark, a post-roast blend of six varietals.

Java Bob's makes its roasts available everywhere, from restaurants and hotels to offices and banks, but its involvement doesn't always end with the beans. Java Bob's supplies vital gear such as gourmet mochas from Mocafe to flavored syrups. Burgeoning and professional baristas can also stock up on the tools of their trade, including Bunn grinders and Rancilio espresso machines straight from Milan.

429 Ingalls St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US

Harboring a passion for tasty, good-for-you food, the culinary staff at River Cafe crafted a menu of seasonal, organic, and regionally acquired cuisine to be shared among family and friends in a casual environment. The friendly staff seats guests in the dining room or outside on the patio, which sports a billowing barbecue, vibrant foliage, and trees filled with songbirds. Alongside servings of barbecue pulled-pork, tri tip, and paninis, the staff serves mason jars full of artisanal teas, cups of gourmet coffees, fine wines, and tall, frothy glasses of locally made brews. The team also caters, a service that has been rendered for many local environmental companies, including Ecology Action.

415 River St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US